Monday, May 3, 2010

Spread the Awesome 10 Star Review and Giveaway: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher



My awesomesauce friend, Elana Johnson, had the best idea last month. 60 authors + 60 ten-star books + 60 blog posts about said books (with a few giveaways thrown in) = the Spread the Awesome blogosphere deluge!

If ever you wonder what you should read or what incredible new YA books are on the market this year, this is the best place to find just what you’re looking for. And not only that, some of us are giving copies of these fantastic books away.  Including me.

The catch? You have to read the blogs to find out who is giving what away, and who loves, loves, loves which books. Not that we don’t all love several of the books on this list. These were some seriously tough choices.  Speaking of choices, here’s mine:

INCARCERON
By Catherine Fisher

Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped.

Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appalls her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires.

One inside, one outside.


But both imprisoned.
Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world's end.

Imagine the unimaginable.

Imagine Incarceron.


Doesn’t the very description just give you chills? And that’s not even the jacket copy. The whole book is beautifully written with an elegant style that is rare in fantasy and dystopian YA novels. And like such rare and engrossing novels, Incarceron ends on a cliff hanger that makes you want to scream “NOOOOOOO!” That is, until the next book in the series is released. Want to know more? Of course you do.



Here’s the real jacket copy:



Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.
 



And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

I give this book ten stars—even though I don’t really rate books by stars. But I definitely recommend it. This story is worth the read.  But, you say, where can I find a copy? Well, if you don’t want to run out to your local bookstore, or order it online, you can enter my contest. That’s right, I’m giving away my copy of Incarceron (as soon as I can wrestle it away from my son). All you have to do is follow my blog, and leave a comment.

Yep, that’s all. But I suppose if you feel inclined to tweet or Facebook this contest, I’d likewise give you an extra entry for each. Just make sure you leave me a link. You have until midnight, May 8th. I'll announce the winner on Monday, May 10th.

Do you have a favorite ten-star book? I want to know what it is! Please share.

Next blog on the list: Beth Revis reviews Love That Dog by Sharron Creech. Check out her review and find out if she’s giving away a copy of Love That Dog.

You can find the full list of ten-star reviews on Elana Johnson’s recommended reads page

**I do not know this author, nor was I given a free copy of this book to review, so my ten-star rating of this title cannot possibly be skewed.

44 comments:

WindyA said...

Thanks for this, Nichole! I hadn't heard of this book before, but I'm definitely adding it to my TBR list! And as for my personal choice on 10-star books: anything by Elizabeth Scott ;)

Kelly said...

I can't wait to read Incarceron! Please enter me! It has been on my TBR pile for awhile, but alas, I am a broke college student. My personal choice for 10 star books: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson or Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Thanks for hosting! :D
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Natalie said...

That sounds great! I'll have to add it to my list. I chose When You Reach Me. It's a great MG read.

Nisa said...

Ooh! It did give me chills. Today is bittersweet. So many books are going on my list, but how am I ever going to get through them all? I need more time!

Carolyn V. said...

This book sounds awesome! I'm going to get it! Awesome Nichole! =)

Chantal said...

The book sounds AWESOME. Thanks for sharing!

Suzette Saxton said...

This book does give me the chills! Can't wait to read it.

Mary Campbell said...

I've heard of this book before and it sounds way awesome. I'd love to win a copy.

Christa said...

I would love to read this book! : ) Love it!
The cover is pretty. The premise is fascinating... and with it being on the spread the awesome list, I can only imagine how wonderful reading it must be. : )

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Taffy said...

Great idea to review 60 books!
*sigh* So many books...
My new favorite is "Speaker For the Dead".

K. Marie Criddle said...

That book sounds amaaaazing! A ten star book for me (as of late) would have to be SAVVY by Ingrid Law. Good luck with the contest!

Precious said...

I've had my doubts about Incarceron after reading negative reviews. But you refreshed my interest! I'd love to read and review this in my blog.

And that's nice that your son is reading it. Because here in my place, not many guys read YA. Just two or so.

I follow your blog. I found you through Elana's. :) These Spread The Awesome post are fun!

precious_shusky@yahoo.com

Readerly Person said...

I would love to have this one!

My favorite favorite is Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

- Rebecca

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Angie said...

That sounds like a great book! My current 10 star book is Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Consider me entered. *crossing fingers*

Heather Kelly said...

This book was just recommended to me by someone yesterday. Definitely a sign that I need to pick it up!!

Michelle McLean said...

Ooo this looks like a good one! Great review :)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, definitely need to read this one. Sounds amazing. I chose The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull. It's awesome if you like MG. :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

So glad to have found your blog! This book sounds great. Hope I win :)

Christine Fonseca said...

OOHH...Another amazing cover and BOOK! Can't wait to read it.

Janet Johnson said...

Oh, no, and the sequel isn't out yet? Sounds scary! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

Heather W said...

Ohh it sounds good.
Great review.

Please enter me :)

Emily said...

I've heard awesome things about this book. My favorite 10-star book is Hunger Games... or Harry Potter

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I really really want to win this. It sounds amazing!

Inked Books said...

I LOVED this book. It would be awesome to have my very own copy!

Kathy McCullough said...

Another great book to add to my list!

Rivkie Re said...

I'd love to win this. It looks like one of the most awesome books in the universe.
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Jonathon Arntson said...

It may disturb you to know that I have picked this book up several times at the library and set it down in favor of another book. Your words, however, have moved it back to the top of my TBR, I'll make sure to pick it up next time.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Putting this one at the top of my to-read list! It sounds so good. Thanks!!!!!

Mandy said...

Please enter me (:
bratdownstairs @yahoo.com

Shannon O'Donnell said...

OMG! This is next on my wish list - seriously. I am absolutely dying to read this book. I'm a new and happy follower! LOL! :-)

Larissa said...

Oooh! Incarceron sounds cool! Thanks for sharing! :)

ally said...

I'm a follower, count me in!

Angela said...

OMG does this book sound incredible! Thanks for featuring it!

Elana Johnson said...

Dude! I so want this book! I've been waiting to read it forever. I suppose I'll have to wait a little longer. Great review!

Angie said...

This one is next on my to-read list.

Serenissima said...

What a fantastic premise! I really want to read this!

Jenn Wilks said...

Please enter me in your fantabulous contest! This looks like a book that's definitely worth reading.

B.J. Anderson said...

This sounds awesome! I am now a follower and your blog is so pretty, btw!

Liz S said...

Oh, I'm hooked! Count me in. I also tweeted.

Nicole said...

wow this is a great contest! I'm a follower now! I've been wanting to read this book forever and this would be a great chance to get my hands on it!!

Aik said...

I'm a new follower! I'd love to enter your giveaway! Thanks!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/13486536459

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Kimberly said...

Wow, I haven't heard of this book, but sounds like one to add to the "must read" list. Thanks!

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Nicole!

Great contest!

I signed up to "follow" your blog, and I sure would appreciate a "follow-back" on my blog, "Cynde's Got The Write Stuff".

Also, I "tweeted" about the contest on Twitter, here:
http://twitter.com/acushla712 @acushla712

~and~

I posted a message to my FB site, here:
http://www.facebook.com/acushla712?ref=profile (this one takes a while to show up because I send it through "Twitter", so give it up to an hour? I promise it will be there!)

Also, here's my email addy in case you need it:
cyndelouwho22(at)gmail(dot)com

Until next time,
Cynde

Cynde's Got The Write Stuff